Air France will add a new business class product to its Boeing 777-300 fleet this autumn, with new fully flat seats and nutritiously-balanced French cuisine.
Air France is pursuing its move upmarket and has unveiled its new long-haul Business seat, elegantly reasserting the French-style art of travel. Constantly evolving to offer the highest level of comfort, the airline’s completely redesigned business class seat features even more enveloping curves and extra comfort.
The new seat’s design is based on the three “F”s – Full Flat, meaning that the seat transforms into a real bed almost two metres long; Full Access, providing all passengers direct access to the aisle; and Full Privacy, ensuring optimal privacy.
A new sliding door allows passengers to create a totally private space, out of sight from the other passengers in the cabin. To create a greater sense of privacy for passengers travelling together, the seats located in the centre of the cabin are now equipped with a central panel that can be lowered by pressing it down, thus creating a convivial space in which to make the most of the flight together.
The seat also features a wide 17.3-inch 4K High-Definition anti-glare screen with a noise-reducing headset, a new Bluetooth connection allowing passengers to use their own headphones and several electric sockets.
As they board the aircraft, travellers will be greeted by a backlit winged seahorse, embodying the company’s founding myth and rich history. The seat’s padding adds softness and a feeling of cosiness. Wool, brushed aluminium, and full-grain French leather are the noble, soft and natural materials chosen by Air France for the manufacture of its seats, each of which is also embroidered with the company’s trademark red accent.
Progressively rolled out on 12 Boeing 777-300s from September 2022, each aircraft will be equipped with 48 seats in Business class.
Comfort in Premium Economy & Economy Class
The company is also installing its latest Premium Economy (48 seats) and Economy (273 seats) seats onboard its 777-300 aircraft for optimum comfort. Each cabin is elegantly decorated in the brand’s signature colours: navy blue, white for light and contrast, and hints of red. Named Fontainebleau, the first aircraft equipped with these new cabins and a WiFi connection will fly to New York-JFK this autumn.
In the Premium Economy cabin (below), Air France is introducing its latest recliner-type seat model already available on its Airbus A350, while further improving its comfort. Each seat offers 96 cm legroom, while seat cushions have been redesigned. The seatback reclines to 124 degrees and has been widened to provide greater privacy. A new noise-reducing audio headset is integrated into the seat and is easy to use at any time during the flight. The seat also features USB A and C ports.
In the Economy cabin, seats also meet the highest standards of comfort on the market. Each seat has a wide 43 cm seat pan, a 119-degree recline and 79 cm of legroom. The backrest is ergonomically designed, offering reinforced lateral support. The seat is also equipped with a USB A port. The seats in these two cabins are equipped with a wide 13.3-inch 4K High-Definition screen with Bluetooth connection, ideal for enjoying over 1,000 hours of on-demand entertainment.
As a delectable interlude during the flight, Air France maintains its commitment to offer all its long-haul customers on flights departing from Paris a responsible dining offer with nutritious French produce. In the Business cabin, France’s leading Michelin-starred chefs take turns to propose a selection of vegetarian dishes as well as refined meat, poultry and fish dishes. In Premium Economy, customers now enjoy a dedicated meal. In the Premium Economy and Economy cabins, the meals are systematically Nutri-Score A or B-certified.
By the end of 2022, on all flights departing from Paris, the airline will offer in all cabins meat, dairy products and eggs of French origin, fish from sustainable fisheries, the systematic choice of a vegetarian dish and meals that are fully prepared in France. The company will also offer kids’ and babies’ menus made from fully-organic ingredients.
In addition, in its fight against food waste, Air France is also progressively introducing the option for customers to pre-select their hot dish in Business class prior to departure. This service combines the guarantee of customer choice and more rational consumption. The company is also committed to recycling and eliminating 90 percent of single-use plastic items onboard its aircraft by the beginning of 2023. To achieve this objective, Air France is continuing to develop eco-designed in-flight items that are manufactured from bio-based materials such as bagasse and celullose. Finally, items that can no longer be used onboard are donated to charities
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